Proactive is better than reactive.
Signs of mice in the house? Rose is going to help you with that. There’s still some time before the snow starts to fall from the sky. Now is the perfect time to seal gaps and cracks around the outside of the house so that Spring is pest-free and much easier to enjoy next year.
If you already see signs of mice in the house, there’s no question you’ll need a pest management plan. Rose can definitely help with that, but thinking forward, we’ll help prevent that from happening next year and the year after that and the year after that…
Let’s do some basic rodent Q&A, shall we?
Q: Remember that piece of popcorn you dropped while watching Ghostbusters the other night?
A: This could be where it ended up…
Q: Should rodents be a concern for homeowners in the U.S.?
A: Every year, rodents gain access to homes, causing property damage, contaminating food sources, triggering allergies and, in some cases, causing illness/disease.
Q: What are some of the signs of rodent activity in a house?
A: Chewed door frames or furniture legs; small, dark-colored droppings; gnawed food boxes that are stored in pantries or cupboards; oily marks along walls, which are caused by rodents’ habitual use of the same paths; and sounds of movement in pantries, ceilings and behind walls.
Q: What should a homeowner do if these signs are noticed?
A: Licensed and professionally trained pest professionals are best suited to treat a rodent infestation. They have the training necessary to identify and recommend the most responsible and effective pest management methods available. As rodents can pose certain health risks to humans, it is vital that these types of pest problems are managed efficiently and responsibly.
Schedule service with a Rose professional to give you peace of mind.
Q: What are some precautions that homeowners can take to help prevent rodents from coming indoors?
A: These are some super helpful prevention suggestions:
- Store boxes and containers off the floor and organize items often to prevent rodents from residing in undisturbed areas.
- Seal cracks and holes, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the home.
- Store food in thick metal or plastic containers with tight lids.
- Clean up spilled food right away immediately and wash dishes and cooking utensils soon after use.
- Keep outside cooking areas and grills clean.
- Do not leave pet food or water bowls out overnight.
- Keep bird feeders away from the house and use squirrel guards to limit access to the feeder by squirrels and other rodents.
- Use a thick plastic or metal garbage can with a tight lid and keep sealed at all times.
- Keep grains and animal feed in thick plastic or metal containers with tight lids. In the evening, return uneaten animal feed to containers with lids.
- If you find rodent feces, hear sounds of scurrying in the walls or observe other signs of a rodent infestation, contact a licensed pest professional to inspect and treat the pest problem.
Mice aren’t the only pest you should consider winterizing your home against.
For more winter preparation tips, download our free Pest Gazette!